Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring is Gem Show Season...Find One Near You!

18-21--SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Tailgate show; Orange Belt Mineralogical Society; Western Regional Little League Ball Park, 6707 Little League Dr.; Thu. 2-8, Fri. 8-8, Sat. 8-8, Sun. 9-7; free admission; silent auction, bulk rough, raffle, dealers, lapidary-related items, jewelry; contact Shane Ripley, 31975 Yucaipa Blvd. #1, Yucaipa, CA 92399, (909) 557-3605; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA: 40th Unifour Gem, Mineral, Bead, Fossil & Jewelry Show; Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, I-40, Exit 125; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, seniors $4, students and children free; contact Baxter Leonard, 2510 Rolling Ridge Dr., Hickory, NC, 28602, (828) 294-6924; e-mail:

19-21--JACKSON, MICHIGAN: Show, "Treasures & Gems in 2010"; Gem & Minerial Society of Jackson; Jackson County Fairgrounds "Fair Event Center", 200 W. Ganson St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, seniors $2, students 50 cents, children and uniformed military and Scouts free; more than 20 dealers and demonstrators, gems, minerals, fossils, beads, bead making, jewelry, silent auctions, lapidary tools and supplies; contact James Bretes, 3022 Francis St., Jackson, MI 49203, (877) 872-8471; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--ROME, GEORGIA: Show, "Valley and Ridge Gem & Mineral Show"; Rome Georgia Mineral Society; The Forum, 2 Government Plaza; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; free admission; minerals, gems, fossils, jewelry, crystals, demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, door prizes; contact Tim Biggart, (706) 232-7143; e-mail:; Web site:

19-21--SPANISH FORK, UTAH: Show, "Spring Prade of Gems Invitational"; Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society; Spanish Fork Tennis Court, 475 S. Main St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; Mr. Bones walking dinosaur, handmade jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary supplies, demonstrations, educational displays, silent auction, rough rock; contact Larry Hataway, P.O. Box 103, Spanish Fork, UT 84660, (801) 798-2758; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: 9th annual show, "Rock and Gem Rendezvous"; Kern County Shrine Club, 700 S. P St., corner of S. P and Bell Terrace; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; indoor/outdoor show, rocks, fossils, beads, new and used lapidary supplies, jewelry, rough material, finished gems, hourly drawing, silent auction, Spinning Wheel, demonstrations; contact Lewis M. Helfrich or Lynne G. Helfrich, (661) 323-2663; e-mail:

20-21--CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: Show; Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society; Teamsters Union Hall, 5000 J St. SW; Sat. 8:30-6, Sun. 9:30-5; adults $2, students $1, children free; 33-inch Duckbill skeleton compliments of Michael and Barbara Sincak; contact Thomas Whitlatch, 1147 Staub Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, (319) 551-3870; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA: Annual show: Palomar Gem & Mineral Club; Army National Guard Armory, 304 Park Ave.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, seniors (over 65) $1, children under 12 free with adult; dealers, rough rock, finished stones, jewelry, tools, gem identification; contact Van Lynch, (760) 749-4164; e-mail:

20-21--GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: 46th annual show; The Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County, Maryland; Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; 45 exhibits, demonstrations, free cabochon polishing workshop, door prizes, raffles, fossils, kids' Touch Table with specimens, fluorescent display tent, kids' mini-mine, more than 20 dealers; contact George Durland, 8600 Bunnell Dr., Potomac, MD 20854; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--LIVE OAK, TEXAS: Show, "Fiesta of Gems"; Southwest Gem and Mineral Society; Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, students and seniors $3, children 50 cents, military discount, special school group rate; minerals, gemstones, fossils, jewelry , lapidary, demonstrations, exhibits; contact Robert Bowie, (830) 935-3373; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Show; North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club; Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; junior activities, demonstrations, club member displays, grab bags, Rockosaurus rides, Rockhound Dinner, dealers, door prizes; contact Susan Gardner, 15428 62nd Ave. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, (425) 483-2295; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--TAMPA, FLORIDA: Show, "Fossil Fest 2010"; Tampa Bay Fossil Club; Florida State Fairgrounds, US 301 and I-4; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-4; fossils, artifacts, gems, minerals, shells, exhibits, "how to" seminars, kids' games, fossil mine, raffles, door prizes, silent auction; contact Barbara Fite, (813) 977-0892; e-mail:; Web site:

20-21--VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale, "Spring Bling"; Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society; Vallejo Elks Lodge, 2850 Redwood Pkwy.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, student $2, children free; rocks, gems, jewelry, door prizes, silent auction, "wheel of fortune"; contact Phylis Malacki, 370 W. M St., Benicia, CA 94510, (707) 745-3255; e-mail:; Web site: